Weekend Edition Sunday for Sunday, August 25, 2013

Thousands of Syrian refugees entered Iraq last week, fleeing the violence between extremist groups and Kurdish militias in northeastern Syria. Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin speaks with Alan Paul of the charity Save the Children about the flow of refugees entering Iraq.

Evidence Points To Chemical Weapon Use In Syria

While the use of chemical weapons by Syria's government forces remains officially unproven, many analysts say there are strong signs indicating their use. Host Rachel Martin talks with Gary Samore, a former White House coordinator for arms control and weapons of mass destruction, about how the claims are being evaluated.

Ancient African Religion Finds Roots In America

African-American followers of Yoruba say it offers a spiritual path as well as a sense of cultural belonging. Followers of Yoruba are adapting its teachings to a modern context, while connecting with their heritage.

One Family, One Year, Globe-Circling Vacation

Heather and Ishmael Davis and their sons, Ethan and Cameron, took a break from work and school for an entire year to travel the world, visiting 29 countries on six continents. Host Rachel Martin asks them how they pulled it off.

Following The Trail Of The Whale Shark

A nine-year study has tracked more than 800 of the massive and largely mysterious whale sharks. For the first time, researchers have tracked the sharks' far-flung migration and where they may go to give birth. (This piece initially aired Aug. 22, 2013 on Morning Edition.)

It's All Greek To Me

You're given some sentences. Each sentence conceals the name of a language in consecutive letters. Name the language. Each answer has five or more letters.
Surprisingly enough, people have been poaching salmon in their dishwashers for decades. Now one Italian cook has expanded the technique to meats, side dishes and desserts. And she's found a trick to make the method more environmentally friendly.
The leader of the blues-rock ensemble formerly known as Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears discusses its latest album, Electric Slave.

Philly Nurse Accused Of Helping Elderly Father Die

A nurse faces trial for allegedly helping her elderly father commit suicide by supplying him with morphine. Advocates argue she's protected if her intent was to relieve pain, even if that hastened death. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Jeff Brady about the details of the case.
In this week's Sunday Conversation, host Rachel Martin talks with Dr. David Casarett, director of hospice care at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, about end-of-life decisions.

Thousands Gather To Mark '63 Civil Rights March

Tens of thousands turned out on the National Mall on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. NPR's Allison Keyes was there, and reports that though the crowd was more diverse than the one in 1963, the fellowship felt familiar.

Justice Department Gets Aggressive On Voting Rights

After the Supreme Court threw out a key provision of the landmark 1965 law in June, the DOJ is taking action. This the department sued the state of Texas over its voter ID law. Texas officials immediately denounced the moves as stepping on states' rights. Host Rachel Martin talks to NPR's justice correspondent Carrie Johnson about the case.

Despite A Major-Less Year, Woods Is Top Golfer

NPR's Mike Pesca compares the old Tiger Woods to the Tiger Woods of now, and makes the case that luck has finally come into play for the top-flight golfer. Pesca lays out his arguments with host Rachel Martin.
For the past decade, scientists have been waiting for the Voyager 1 spacecraft to cross into deep space. New research suggests it has left the solar system, but other scientists say it's still inside the sun's sphere of influence. (This piece initially aired Aug. 19, 2013, on Morning Edition.)
At a California facility, troubled teens are counseled by young adults who haven't entirely overcome their own adolescent traumas. Writer-director Destin Cretton drew on his experiences working with residents ordered to stay just a year. Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. star in Short Term 12.

Haitian Youth Illuminated In 'Sea Light'

Claire of the Sea Light is award-winning author Edwidge Danticat's newest work of fiction. She spoke to host Rachel Martin about how experiences of her own childhood in Haiti are reflected in her young protagonist.

The Longest Mail Route In The Country

Jim Ed Bull is a 72-year-old letter carrier in rural Oklahoma with the a 187.6-mile route — longest in the United States. Bull talks about his route with host Rachel Martin and the truck that carries him across those long stretches of open space.
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